I have been lurking on this site for some time. My Father-in Law was very active in WBCCI, and with his passing a couple of years ago we are now using his trailer. I read the forums with great interest looking both for information on how to maintain our Airstream, as well as information on various events. We will be attending our first get together (Springstream) and are very excited about it.
As to the WBCCI, we went so far as to inquire if we could get the same number my in-laws had when they were members. However, after reading about all of the stuff going on at a national level, I don't think I want to spend my dollars to support it. We would love to join a local group and strongly support that concept, but not sending the majority of our $$ to the national portion. I am still working full time. I have two children in grade school, and will thus not be attending any national events.
We love our Airstream and are very appreciative of the history behind it. I thought that was what WBBCI was supposed to be about.
We are young enough to wait out a change in national leadership, but would rather not have to. I have belonged to many other vibrant organizations in the past and still do belong to some. Granted I only have the second hand information I have obtained here to go on, but shouldn't the focus always be on the membership, and the wants/needs of said membership. They are the customers of the organization. Just like in any business, ignoring the customer leads to FAILURE.
In an attempt to circle back and prevent thread creep, I fully applaud April Hershberger's suggestions. She describes a national I would join.
Craig and Carol
1997 34' Excella 1000
1970 27' Overlander, International
2009 Ford F150 5.4L
ProPride hitch with 1400# bars
Past President Southeastern Camping Unit (12)